During the winter, warm indoor air, hot showers, and wind can make your skin dry, chapped, and cracked. This can feel uncomfortable and can also affect your appearance. Fortunately, there are some small changes you can make to your routine to keep your skin hydrated and healthy this winter.
A Healthy Diet Can Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Your diet has a major impact on the health of your skin. Eating foods with omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, nuts, beans, olive oil, squash, and flaxseeds, can hydrate the skin from the inside. You can also take fish oil supplements.
Drinking enough water is important all year, but especially in the winter. Drinking water can help keep your skin healthy, but it is not a cure-all for dry winter skin.
How to Avoid Drying out Your Skin
Hot showers and baths can feel relaxing after time spent out in the cold, but they can also dry out your skin because hot water breaks down the lipid barrier and causes skin to lose moisture. Take warm baths or showers instead.
Over-washing with soap and hot water can rob your skin of its natural oils. Avoid over-washing and apply a moisturizer while your skin is still damp to help it retain moisture.
A humidifier can add moisture to the air in your home. Leave it on at night when you are sleeping.
Exfoliate Less Often in the Winter
Exfoliating your skin can remove dead cells and leave you with a smooth complexion, but doing it too much in the winter can damage your skin. Exfoliate about once every one to two weeks in the winter.
Use the Right Products on Your Skin
Before you go to bed, put a heavy moisturizer on your skin. Look for a product that contains oatmeal, natural oils, or essential oils to help treat dry skin. Put a hand cream on your hands before you go to bed. Put a rich moisturizer on your feet and put on a pair of socks to help seal in the moisture.
If you have a lightweight moisturizer that you like, you can continue to use it in the winter, but you should pair it with a serum. Apply the lightweight moisturizer first, wait five minutes for it to be absorbed, and then apply a serum or moisturizer. You can moisturize your face in the morning and at night.
Your skin needs to be protected from the sun every day, even in the winter. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, regardless of the weather.
Keep Your Lips Hydrated
Your lips need to be moisturized in the winter too. Use an exfoliating treatment once a week to remove dead skin cells. Don’t use scented products or lip stains that contain ingredients that could dry out your lips. Carry lip balm for times when your lips need a little extra moisture.
Have Your Makeup Done for a Special Occasion
Following these tips will help you have healthy and hydrated skin this winter. If you have a special event coming up, such as a holiday party or a winter wedding, and you need to have your makeup done, make an appointment at The Beauty Bar. We can help you choose the right colors and products for your event and give you skin care tips to keep your complexion healthy all year. Schedule your appointment today.